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How long would you require your son to play football, if he begged for over a year to play, and now you spent good money for him to join, to have him tell you after a week he hates it and wants to quit?
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      UK Girl wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • Been there and done that with Brownies and dancing lessons and swimming club ..... I made her stay with the Brownies and in the end it wore me out with all the drama of forcing her to go




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      Mamapan wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • My 13 year old daughter tried that with softball last season.

      I told her that she committed to a team - they were all depending on her to be there and play.  I said that she would finish out the season and then never had to play again if she didn’t want to, but she made a commitment and needed to honor it for this one season.

      She stuck with it and ended up enjoying it and actually got MAD when other girls on the team didn’t show up!!!  She learned a very important lesson there in sticking to your promises, and she’s even going to try out for softball again in the spring.




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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • I say....once they sign up to play....whether they like it or not...they must stick it out for this year.  I wouldn’t let them quit.  They need to learn to finish what they start.




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      Linda L wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • I agree with all of you.  Don’t quit, keep trying, in time he might really like it and want to continue for more.




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      Tuliplady wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • Yep, I’d make him stick it out for the season.

      Tulip




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      Wookiemom09 wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • My son begged for 4 years to play and his father didn’t want him to play.  When we separated guess what I let my son do - sign up.  He was 12 and the coach told me “when we sign him up he has to play at least for 1 week before I want him to quit.  Try to make him play 2 weeks as week 2 is pads.” 3 days in, my son wanted to quit - too hot, too hard, he is a rookie when everyone else knows how to play better than him.  I reminded him about his promise so he finished the 2 weeks.  At the end at 2 weeks I asked how he wanted to go forward and he said he wanted to stay.  8 seasons later and he is playing first string his sophomore year in college.




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      Mary Clark wrote Sep 1, 2010
    • Awesome Wookiemom0!!!




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      Tiggerk wrote Sep 2, 2010
    • I agree with everyone else...we did that with all sports/little league/band instruments/playing the bass guitar.  One year, or one season, is a good commitment unless there’s something wrong like a real physical problem or a psycho coach, etc.
      Kathy




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      Frannie1964 wrote Sep 2, 2010
    • I agree with MaryClark and everyone else. Don’t let him quit. Next time he will also think hard before joining something else.




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      Lazylola wrote Sep 2, 2010
    • my kids know that if i allow them to do it they will have to stick with it, they know anything extra is a sacrifice (financially) so they better be sure




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      Amy Jacobellis wrote Mar 10, 2011
    • Personally, I would let him quit.  You can get hurt in football.  If it were something like music lessons, I would make him stick it out for a year before he decided it wasn’t for him.  Quitting is not always a bad thing.




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